Press Releases

10.21.16

Senator Lankford and Congressman Diaz-Balart Challenge Obama’s Latest Cuba Directive

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) today sent a letter to President Obama, stating their profound concern regarding the recent Presidential Policy Directive with the communist Castro regime in Cuba. On October 14, the President issued the directive to ease the economic embargo between America and Cuba. The directive is an overreach of Executive authority regarding congressionally-enacted sanctions with Cuba, and it contradicts America's com… Continue Reading


10.14.16

October 14 - Lankford Letter

CLICK HERE for the October 14, 2016 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


10.12.16

Senators Lankford and Inhofe Press Top Pentagon Officials About Obama Administration’s $1.7 Billion Cash Payment to Iran

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford regarding their recent testimony before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the Obama administration's $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran, and the fact that top military officials were not notified before the payment was made. Following reports that Iran has funneled this money into its military budget,… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Senator Lankford in The Bartlesville Examiner: Giving away control of the internet

by Senator James Lankford

When Oklahomans asked me to represent them in Washington D.C., I knew that I would not win every fight on every policy, but I understood many issues are worth the fight and the stand, even if you do not win. But I can honestly say, I never dreamed I would have to fight with the president and other members of the Senate over the future of the Internet. In case you have not heard, on Oct. 1, President Obama inexplicably gave away American stewardship of one of the greatest technological advancemen… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Lankford Blasts Federal Overtime Rule, Offers Legislation to Provide Relief For Small Businesses, Colleges, and Nonprofits

CLICK HERE to watch the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate to call for a delay to the Department of Labor's new federal overtime rule. During the speech, Lankford laid out the extreme burden this rule will cause to small businesses, colleges, and nonprofits. Today, Lankford, along with Senators Alexander (R-TN) and Collins (R-ME), introduced two bills to address the issues with the burdensome federal overtime rule. The Reg… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Senator Lankford Introduces Bills to Delay Overtime Rule and Protect Small Businesses, Colleges and Nonprofits

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced legislation to delay the new Department of Labor federal overtime rule that is extremely burdensome to small businesses, colleges and nonprofits. The bill, called the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act (S. 3462), would delay implementation of the rule six months from its current date of December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. On May 18, President Obama and Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez finalized … Continue Reading


09.29.16

Senator Lankford Again Slams Broken Budget Process, Calls for Change

CLICK HERE to watch the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) yesterday delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate to address the issues with the Senate's broken budget process. Lankford stressed that the budget process needs to change to provide more transparency and focus on solutions that will proactively tackle major reforms through regular order, which will allow for meaningful debt reduction. Lankford has consistently encouraged a budget process that allows more Congres… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Senator Lankford Votes to Override President’s Veto of 9/11 Victim Families Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on his vote to override President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (S. 2040). It passed the Senate by a vote of 97-1: "Despite President Obama's opposition, I was proud to join 96 of my Senate colleagues in supporting this important bill. Families affected by foreign state-supported terrorism in the U.S. deserve the right to pursue justice for these cowardly and horrific attacks. Foreign st… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Senator Lankford Statement on the Death of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following remarks on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres: "The legacy and life of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres are remarkable and historic. His contributions to peace and justice have changed world history. I had the opportunity to meet President Peres in 2011 and it was an honor to hear first-hand about his efforts to re-establish and protect the historic homeland of the … Continue Reading


09.28.16

Lankford, Hartzler Led Amicus Brief Challenging Obama Administration’s Executive Overreach in Title IX Case

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) yesterday led over 100 Members of Congress in an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court regarding a case in which a local school district in Virginia was forced to change policies to accommodate the Department of Education's overreaching reinterpretation of Title IX, G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. Title IX is a portion of Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on th… Continue Reading


09.23.16

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Write to HHS Secretary Opposing Proposed Title X Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell expressing their opposition to the Department's new proposed rule to amend regulations implementing the Title X Family Planning Program. The letter questions HHS' assertion that providers with a reproductive health focus are more "effective" than other health care providers which offer more comprehensive c… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Lankford Subcommittee Presses Obama Administration on Their Use of Regulatory Guidance Directives

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today held a hearing to examine the Obama administration's continued abuse of regulatory guidance directives. Today's hearing continued the examination of this issue from previous hearings on September 23, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The administration provided the following three witnesses: Office of Management and Budget… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Senator Lankford Congratulates OKC Nonprofit for Winning ‘Angels in Adoption’ Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today congratulated one the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption award winner, the Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services, which is located in Oklahoma City. This award is given annually to individuals, couples and organizations that have made contributions on behalf of children in need of families. On behalf of the organization, Deaconess Executive Director Dierdre McCool and Child Placement Supervisor Heathe… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Senator Lankford Joins Group to Launch Anti-Poverty Effort

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined a group of Senators to announce the launch of the Senate Opportunity Coalition, a new initiative aiming to reduce poverty and ensure every family across America has access to the American Dream. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Lankford have all joined together to fight poverty and ensure opportunity by sharing experiences from their constituents, highlighting the issues facing lo… Continue Reading


09.16.16

September 16 - Lankford Letter

CLICK HERE for the June 16, 2016 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Senator Lankford Applauds Passage of Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) made the following statement on Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA (S. 2848), by a vote of 95 to 3: "An important part of good governance is the efficient management of our nation's water infrastructure, and routine passage of the Water Resources Development Act helps to ensure that. I applaud Senator Inhofe's tireless work on this important legislation. This bill authorizes essential navigation, flood control and resto… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Senators Lankford, Perdue Introduce Bill to Hold Iran Accountable for Illicit Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and David Perdue (R-GA) today introduced the JCPOA Enforcement Transparency Act, which would increase oversight of the Joint Commission, a committee created under the Iran Nuclear Deal to monitor implementation, and call on the U.S. representative to the Commission to oppose further exemptions for Iran. The Institute for Science and International Studies recently issued a report claiming that some of Iran's nuclear facilities and stocks were not… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Senator Lankford Slams Senate Democrats for Filibustering Defense Bill, Jeopardizing National Security

CLICK HERE to watch the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today delivered a speech on the floor of the Senate about the Democrats' filibuster of the Defense Appropriations bill, a piece of legislation that passed unanimously out of Committee. Lankford made the case that growing worldwide threats and national security needs make passage of the Defense Appropriations extremely important. On May 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the FY2017 Defense A… Continue Reading


09.12.16

Senators Lankford, Inhofe Request Removal of NDAA Provision on Women Registration for Selective Service

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today asked Congressional leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to remove a National Defense Authorization Act provision that would require women to register for military Selective Service. A version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate on July 7 and the House on May 18. The final conference report is currently being negotiated this week. Lankford and Inhofe were joined on th… Continue Reading


09.09.16

Senator Lankford Remarks on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today issued the following remarks ahead of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "We remember the many Americans that lost their lives or loved ones 15 years ago in the senseless attack on our families. We must never forget the tragedy of 9/11, the threats we still face, or the many sacrifices made by the brave members of our intelligence community, military and first responders to protect our nation. "As we continue to s… Continue Reading

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